Excursions | API Study Abroad
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Excursions

Highlights

  • Classes taught in English and Portuguese
  • ISCTE features prestigious AACSB and AMBA business-accreditations

Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 G.P.A.
  • Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Open to all levels of Portuguese speakers
  • Completed API application
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • Statement of purpose
  • Supplemental application requirements
  • Entry requirements: valid passport with student visa

 

Dates & Fees

FALL SEMESTER 2018
Early Sep, 2018 - Late Jan, 2019
$13,980
ACADEMIC YEAR 2017-2018
Sep 8, 2017 - May 31, 2018
TBA
SPRING SEMESTER 2018
Feb 2, 2018 - May 31, 2018
$13,980
FALL SEMESTER 2017
Sep 8, 2017 - Jan 20, 2018
$13,980
ACADEMIC YEAR 2018-2019
Early Sep, 2018 - Late Jun, 2019
$26,980

Deadlines

FALL SEMESTER 2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2018
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2018
ACADEMIC YEAR 2017-2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Apr 1, 2017
PAYMENT DEADLINE
May 1, 2017
SPRING SEMESTER 2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Oct 15, 2017
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Nov 1, 2017
FALL SEMESTER 2017
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2017
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2017
ACADEMIC YEAR 2018-2019
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Apr 1, 2018
PAYMENT DEADLINE
May 1, 2018

Excursions

API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Lisbon programs. All excursions are subject to change.

Spring

BELEM

Belém is widely considered Lisbon’s most monumental and historical area. It was from here that many of the great Portuguese navigators embarked on their voyages of discovery, including Prince Henry the Navigator (bound for Cueta, Morocco), Bartholomeu Dias (who rounded the Cape of Good Hope), and Vasco da Gama (who discovered the route to India). Christopher Columbus also stopped here on his way back to Europe after “discovering” the New World. Lisbon and Portugal prospered during this period of discovery, with gold coming from the recent conquered New World. Belem Tower and Jeronimos Monastery were built as many as other great constructions during this time period. In addition to seeing these sites, students will be treated to the very famous custard tarts (Pastéis de Belém), at the Antiga Confeitaria de Belem which has been serving this delicious pastries since 1841.

LAGOS

Set on one of the largest bays in the Algarve region in the south of Portugal, Lagos is an eye-catching and bustling town conquered by the Arabs on the 8th century leaving behind fortifications that we still can see nowadays. The Portuguese discoveries of the 15th century initiated by Henry the Navigator  turned Lagos into an important Naval center. At the same time a most deplorable period of history began, with the first slaves brought back from the Sahara in 1441 by Henry’s explorer Nuno Tristão. The city was the capital of the Algarve from 1576 to 1756.

MAFRA PALACE / ERICEIRA / FISHING VILLAGE

King Jõao V paid for the enormous baroque and neoclassical palace and monastery at Mafra with colonial Brazilian gold in the eighteenth-century; construction took more than thirty years and, at its peak, the project employed up to 45,000 workers. The palace (which inspired Portuguese Nobel laureate José Saramago to write his novel, Baltasar and Blimunda) includes a magnificent library, which encapsulated all knowledge of the age, and a sumptuous basilica. A visit to the nearby historic fishing port of country in 1910, completes the trip.

PORTO

Porto (Oporto) is considered the northern capital of Portugal. Full of history and tradition, it is known for its monuments designed by renowned engineers and architects such as Gustave Eiffel (the Dona Maria Bridge), Nicolau Nasoni (the iconic Clerigos Tower), Rem Koolhaas (the Casa da Musica), and Siza Vieira (the Serralves Museum). This is the city from which the famous Port Wine is derived, and gave birth to one of the Portuguese and world history’s legendary figures, Prince Henry the Navigator. You’ll also see the city mentioned in new guidebooks as the birthplace of that world-famous fictional character, Harry Potter (author J. K. Rowling was living in Oporto as an English teacher when she started writing her first book!).

SINTRA

Following a short train ride from Rossio Station in Lisbon, tour the magnificent National Palace of Sintra, the best preserved medieval Royal Palace in Portugal. Students will tour the manor house and gardens of the romantic nineteenth-century Quinta da Regaleira estate, followed by lunch in the unique ambiance of Sintra’s restaurants (with traditional regional pastries). An afternoon walk around the Castle of the Moors, on the heights above town with excellent views of the coast, completes this trip.

 

Fall

BELEM

Belém is widely considered Lisbon’s most monumental and historical area. It was from here that many of the great Portuguese navigators embarked on their voyages of discovery, including Prince Henry the Navigator (bound for Cueta, Morocco), Bartholomeu Dias (who rounded the Cape of Good Hope), and Vasco da Gama (who discovered the route to India). Christopher Columbus also stopped here on his way back to Europe after “discovering” the New World. Lisbon and Portugal prospered during this period of discovery, with gold coming from the recent conquered New World. Belem Tower and Jeronimos Monastery were built as many as other great constructions during this time period. In addition to seeing these sites, students will be treated to the very famous custard tarts (Pastéis de Belém), at the Antiga Confeitaria de Belem which has been serving this delicious pastries since 1841.

LAGOS

Set on one of the largest bays in the Algarve region in the south of Portugal, Lagos is an eye-catching and bustling town conquered by the Arabs on the 8th century leaving behind fortifications that we still can see nowadays. The Portuguese discoveries of the 15th century initiated by Henry the Navigator  turned Lagos into an important Naval center. At the same time a most deplorable period of history began, with the first slaves brought back from the Sahara in 1441 by Henry’s explorer Nuno Tristão. The city was the capital of the Algarve from 1576 to 1756.

MAFRA PALACE / ERICEIRA / FISHING VILLAGE

King Jõao V paid for the enormous baroque and neoclassical palace and monastery at Mafra with colonial Brazilian gold in the eighteenth-century; construction took more than thirty years and, at its peak, the project employed up to 45,000 workers. The palace (which inspired Portuguese Nobel laureate José Saramago to write his novel, Baltasar and Blimunda) includes a magnificent library, which encapsulated all knowledge of the age, and a sumptuous basilica. A visit to the nearby historic fishing port of country in 1910, completes the trip.

PORTO

Porto (Oporto) is considered the northern capital of Portugal. Full of history and tradition, it is known for its monuments designed by renowned engineers and architects such as Gustave Eiffel (the Dona Maria Bridge), Nicolau Nasoni (the iconic Clerigos Tower), Rem Koolhaas (the Casa da Musica), and Siza Vieira (the Serralves Museum). This is the city from which the famous Port Wine is derived, and gave birth to one of the Portuguese and world history’s legendary figures, Prince Henry the Navigator. You’ll also see the city mentioned in new guidebooks as the birthplace of that world-famous fictional character, Harry Potter (author J. K. Rowling was living in Oporto as an English teacher when she started writing her first book!).

SINTRA

Following a short train ride from Rossio Station in Lisbon, tour the magnificent National Palace of Sintra, the best preserved medieval Royal Palace in Portugal. Students will tour the manor house and gardens of the romantic nineteenth-century Quinta da Regaleira estate, followed by lunch in the unique ambiance of Sintra’s restaurants (with traditional regional pastries). An afternoon walk around the Castle of the Moors, on the heights above town with excellent views of the coast, completes this trip.